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Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set 

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The Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set gives you calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The sound of '50s Strat with a little bit more attitude.

The Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set gives you calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. '50s Strat Pickups deliver enhanced bass response without the harsh midrange. The middle pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity for hum canceling in positions 2 and 4. OEM on Custom Shop Fender Showmaster series Stratocaster guitars.

FEATURES
  • Hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets
  • Formvar magnet wire
  • Reverse-wound middle pickup

The blues never sounded so sweet. Put these babies in the cart right now and revitalize your relationship with your guitar.

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FenderFat '50s Strat Pickup Set
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (7)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
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The Holy Grail

The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8...Read complete review

The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8 Strats, ranging from 60's through 2012 and these pickups smoke them all. All! The guitar with these on them has become the one I compare all of my other Strats to and I always go back to the Fat 50's.

The bottom end is nice and fat but articulates well with no mud; the high end is stratty but is not brittle or thin like so many so-called "vintage" pups. They are responsive and nice and poppy like a good Strat should be. I am extremely fussy about my tone and have gone through a lot of pickups. These quench my thirst.

Blues, rock, country, the tone is laways spot on for what you need. David Gilmour has got nothing on these pups. Buy them. You will look back on it as one of the best decisions you ever made. You won't want to put the guitar down.

VS

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Fool's Purchase

This is the second set of newly made Custom Shop pick-ups from Fender I bought, the first being a set of Custom '69s by the heavily-hyped A. Ybarra, and they both exhibit the...Read complete review

This is the second set of newly made Custom Shop pick-ups from Fender I bought, the first being a set of Custom '69s by the heavily-hyped A. Ybarra, and they both exhibit the same rush-to-ship flaws; ill fitting cover clearance and momentary dip in the potting wax instead of the standard 15 minute soak. This leaves the fragile tag leads subject to easy breakage (and they did on the '69s) rendering the whole high-dollar set unservicable. The replacement set Fat '50s here reviewed were taped by me to prevent the same fate. They will need after-market potting to finish what Fender failed to do. I see less quality here than with Fenders' mid-grade factory products off-the-shelf, and this should not be. Never again, and never ANYTHING from the Fender Custom Shop. It's a waste of my money and yours.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Custom shop, top Quality, Geat sound

By GEO

from WV

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

    top Quality, Geat sound

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great driving twang

    By PAUL

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

    I replaced the pick-ups out of my 17 year old USA Stratocaster, With a maple neck.
    The FAT 50's really brought the sound I needed. Cleaner and just a little brighter than the stock ones .The stock ones sounded ok, But the FAT 50's have more personality.
    Combined with the maple neck the bridge pick-up is very Bright. Which I like. A rosewood neck may
    be more mellow. But overall just great chimey twang. Perfect sound when driven hard through a small tube amp.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NICE

    By Blues n stuff

    from Southern California

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    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

        Add one more to the MIM Strat group. MIM Strat into a Blues Jr. Country, Classic rock, blues. Only mod I did was add a jumper wire for the bridge pickup tone. Great fat sound. Tried Texas Specials but these are the sound I wanted.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        warm and balanced

        By Joe

        from Florida

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

          Replaced my Fender Stardard Strat MIM pickups with these. Sounds warmer and smoother. A well balanced set. MF price matched the competition and got my sale.
          I purchase the items I want when items are on sale. I was told that the Fender Fat 50s set were a good replacement for a warmer and richer sound, not a sounding PU just better sounding to me. IMHO I am very satisfied with the sound I get. I enjoy jazz, classic rock, R&B and the mid sixties British band period. As for heavy metal I can get that from the amps and pedals. Now my MIM Strat suits my style. White on white, gloss maple fretboard with Musicians Fried tweed hardcase, crushed plushed red interior with a white Fender strap. Never thought I would go for white but it plays great and it looks slick, very slick.
          Looks great in the case but it plays smooth as butter with 9's on the strings.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          warmer tones, replaces MIM ceramics

          By Joe

          from Florida

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Warmer And Richer Tones

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

          Great replacement for upgrading my MIM Fender Stratocaster. Even with the 9's on it it still sounds warmer. A change to tens will upgrade it more in terms of sounds resonance. I am not into hot pickups, that effect I can get that from my effects pedals or through a board for the most part. If you like your Fender MIM, you like the feel, color and action then these Fender Fat 50's may satisfy your urge to buy an American Standard. Save the difference and buy a decent Fender tube amp like a blues deluxe if you can, in my humble opinion. I like the results from the pickups. BTW, Musicians Friends has always been helpfuland professonal with thier products and service. I bought with confidence, they matched GC sale price.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Strat Pick Ups Ive Found.

          By fender bender

          from Orofino Id

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • There are no cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Rockcountry Blues

          Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

          These came with my 2014 American Standard Stratocaster.
          Pure classic tone goodness.
          From Norman Petty studio Buddy Holly tone through Hendrix and Dire Straits and everything in between.
          If you want the tone that attracted you to the Stratocaster to begin with I recomend these pick ups without hesitation.
          Fender hit it out of the park with these.
          If your a Strat player do yourself a favor.

          (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST PICK UPS EVER, but.....

          By humhater7

          from Canada

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

          The middle pick up is RWRP, which means noisless backplates do not work on it. These pickups rule except for the noise, I care not about it being
          'part of the tone,' we all know it sucks. So, have any of you tried noiseless pickups, with regard to the middle pickup only, that can most closely resemble the sweet chime and bass response of the middle fat 50s? I changed the pickups on my strat for the YJMs, but left the middle, but the hum still bothers me even if I only use it for clean tones. Let me know, it is probably either SDuncan, or Fender.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Now an American Strat

          By Johnnyguitar

          from Space Ciasr Florida

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

              I added a set of fat 50s to my MIM Strat and it sounds, plays and looks as good if not better then a MIA strat. Save your money and do it this way.

              (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Holy Grail

              By Marshall Advovate

              from Charleston SC

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              Pros

              • Clear Tone Not Brittle
              • Fantastic Sounding
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • No Cons Nada Zip

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Strats Any And All

              Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

              The fat 50's are THE Holy grail. Once you put a set on one of your strats you'll be eagerly waiting for the next sale so you can buy more. I have 8 Strats, ranging from 60's through 2012 and these pickups smoke them all. All! The guitar with these on them has become the one I compare all of my other Strats to and I always go back to the Fat 50's.

              The bottom end is nice and fat but articulates well with no mud; the high end is stratty but is not brittle or thin like so many so-called "vintage" pups. They are responsive and nice and poppy like a good Strat should be. I am extremely fussy about my tone and have gone through a lot of pickups. These quench my thirst.

              Blues, rock, country, the tone is laways spot on for what you need. David Gilmour has got nothing on these pups. Buy them. You will look back on it as one of the best decisions you ever made. You won't want to put the guitar down.

              (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING!!!!!

              By MS863618368

              from Georgia

              Comments about Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set:

              These pickups sound so good!!! True blues they are just amazing with clean and with gain!! I also have the clapton tbx mid boost on my guitar which makes its even better!!! They are AMAZING.!!!!!!!! Good john mayer sound!!

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